Covid Healing Community

                                                                                        COVID Community Healing Grants

Seattle Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the availability of $2,500 grants dedicated to supporting the recovery and healing from the tri-pandemics of Racial Inequity, Civic Unrest, and Economic downturn.

COVID Community Healing Grants (CCHG) are small and simple grants intended to support communities most impacted by COVID 19 to create spaces for healing in our current Tri-Pandemic conditions. CCHG will provide community led program/services (virtually or in person*) that offer opportunities for healing in various forms specifically for BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).  Programs/activities can be critical conversations, discussions, healing circles, edutainment, resource workshops, etc. The Covid Community Healing Grant is intended to provide opportunities to access and resources for those communities furthest from racial, , educational, economic and social justice.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Mission
Seattle Parks and Recreation provides welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate, build community, and promotes responsible stewardship of the land.  We promote healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities.

Who can apply?
  • Individuals
  • Local community groups
  • Small businesses working within underserved and under-resourced communities*
  • Non-profit and Not-for-profit organizations*
Businesses and non-profit organizations must have a budget of under $150,000 in revenue.  All businesses and non-profit organizations are required to include a copy of their organizational budget for the current year, not including an organizational budget will disqualify you from the panel process

Entities not eligible: Government Agencies, Universities, and Political Groups.
Applicants applying are not required to be a 501(C) (3) nonprofit nor are they required to use a fiscal sponsor.  If funded, applicants will be required to obtain a City of Seattle Business License and appropriate liability insurance

Project Goals
  • Should be simple, low-risk, and small in scope.
  • Provide opportunities to heal from Racial Disparity and navigate Educational, Economic and Social Injustice
  • Create opportunities for economic stimulus (resume writing assistance, entrepreneurial resources etc.)
  • Offer engagement that center BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Voices
All Qualifying Project Requirements
  • Be free and open to all
  • Take place in the City of Seattle between October 15, 2020 and December 18, 2020 (virtually or in person*)
  • Adhere to Seattle Park and Recreation’s mission statement (see page 1)
  • Cannot have any outstanding debts or grants with Seattle Parks and Recreation's Business Service Center (BSC)
  • Cannot have a current 2020 Get Moving or Recreation 4 All grant.
*Safety and Health Requirements
In person programming will have to keep a safe and healthy space in accordance with state and federal law, and comply with the COVID-19 worksite-specific safety practices, as outlined in Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Proclamation 20-25,  in accordance with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries General Requirements and Prevention Ideas for Workplaces and the Washington State Department of Health Workplace and Employer Resources & Recommendations at

Funding Specifics
Priority Funding Populations
Projects that identify the following groups representing priority funding areas will receive higher consideration:                    
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Immigrant/refugee populations
  • Youth/Teens
  • Adults (19-50 years)
  • Mature Adults 50+
  • LGBTQIA     
  • Intergenerational

Project Criteria
  • Quality of Project: Identify clear deliverable programming in compliance with current health and safety guidelines. Create well-conceived project that promotes healing and strong community relations. Create or provide navigation strategies, tools and resources for education, economic and social inequality with indications of authentic relationship to the community(ies) the project serves. Provide learning options and resources for participants using diverse programming styles. 
  • Community Impact, Outreach and Outcomes: project will indicate community impact goals and a means to measure outcomes. Project plan describes meaningful efforts to increase community participation that will reach diverse and underserved audiences through intentional outreach with culturally specific strategies. Programs should define how they will implement, support, and communicate project goals and practices throughout the project.
  • Feasibility: the organization/community group/business has a proven track record of managing programs, activities and/or other event(s) and/or demonstrated ability to successfully produce the program or event; provides evidence of community involvement and support from the community they wish to serve.
  • Budget: a clear, realistic budget for the program or event that matches the amount requested and includes all potential costs, in kind donations, and any partnerships with additional funds.
Application Deadline and Information
  • Applications open September 3, 2020 at 7:00AM and close September 17, 2020 at 11:59PM
  • Funding announcements will be made end of October 2020
  • Please do not plan on having your program begin prior October 15, 2020. 
  • Proposals must be completed and submitted to by September 17th.
Application Review and Notification
An independent panel of nonprofit organization members, community, and Seattle Parks and Recreation representatives will review and evaluate applications according to the program criteria and recommend funding. Funding notification will be made in October 2020.

Funding Restrictions
Items eligible for funding:  instructor fees, marketing and promotional fees, project management and coordination/administration costs, equipment supplies, equipment rentals and other production-related costs including fitness certifications, etc. No more than 10% of budget may be used for food-related costs during the event/program.

Funds may not be used for: organizational administrative costs, travel or travel related expenses, fundraising, or gifts. This includes rent, mileage, personnel benefits, etc.

Awardee Requirements
As an awarded applicant there are expectations that must be maintained to receive funding.
  • Awardees are required to get/maintain a City of Seattle business license and insurance
  • Awardees will meet with the program manager to go over grant stipend, reporting requirements and expectations (virtually, social distance in person, or by phone)
  • Awardees are required to complete reporting including but not limited to a mid-report, final report, participant sign in sheets, attendance reports, and participant surveys
  • Awardees can invoice up to 2 times throughout the year depending on the amount received and the project
  • Awardees are expected to maintain consistent and open communication with the program manager and staff
  • Awardees will complete the project as presented in the application
  • Awardees will adhere to all
  • Awardees will keep a safe and healthy space in accordance with state and federal law, and comply with the COVID-19 worksite-specific safety practices, as outlined in Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Proclamation 20-25,  in accordance with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
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